Children’s Mental Health
The Children’s Foundation are aware that there is a vital need within the North East to provide interventions in areas of child health that are currently under represented. Therefore, one of our main focuses for 2011 is to work towards improving the mental health of children & young people, making small but effective improvements at ground level, which will benefit people of all ages and backgrounds.
Mental health problems present themselves in different ways at different ages so it is important people are made aware of this and know what to look out for. By improving mental health and public understanding & knowledge around this subject we believe it will have a positive impact on communities as a whole, in terms of employment, safety and crime reduction, homelessness etc.
Below are a few statistics to summarise what we are dealing with as a society :
- At least one in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their life
- One in ten children aged between 5-16 has a mental health problem
- Half of those with lifetime mental health problems first experience symptoms by the age of 14 and three –quarters before their mid -20’s
- About one in 100 people has a severe mental health problem
- Self harming in young people is not uncommon(10-13% of 15-16 year olds have self harmed)
The Children’s Foundation still supports children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through Daslne. The project provides support for families by giving them help and advice around the difficult issue they face with their child, such as eating, sleeping and anxiety as well as providing information about local services and support groups which are available.
We are delighted to report that database Daslne which was officially launched in October 2003 now has information on 900+ children and young people with ASD. This information can then be utilised by service’s and voluntary organisations to plan ahead and provide high quality support to children with ASD and their families .
Currently the Daslne team are carrying out a survey of young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder approaching transition to adult services.
For more information on Daslne and the service they provide please visit their website : Daslne
Dates for your diary:
Pantomime Season: ‘Relaxed’ Performances are specially designed to welcome people on the autism spectrum, or who have a learning disability or sensory and communication disorder, into a theatre.
The Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne will be holding a ‘Relaxed’ performance of Jack and the Beanstalk on —14th January, at 11.00 am—Tickets £8.50 per person. Please call Group Sales: 08448 11 21 22 or email:- [email protected] Tickets are also available to purchase online at www.theatreroyal.co.uk.
The Sunderland Empire Theatre will be presenting a ‘Relaxed’ performance of Cinderella on Friday, 3rd January 2014 at 2.30 pm. Tickets £15.00 per person for a group of 3 or more OR 50% off for a disabled person and carer. You can book your tickets on 0191 566 1045 or email:- [email protected]